Cliff is an Irish and European Union Trade Mark Attorney and advises on all aspects of trade mark law, practice, protection and enforcement in Ireland, Europe and internationally. He has represented clients in ex-parte and inter partes proceedings before the Irish Patents Office and also has long experience both in enforcing trade mark rights and in negotiating the settlement of trade mark disputes. Cliff advises a wide variety of clients, from individuals with no intellectual property knowledge to major international companies with considerable IP experience.
He qualified as a Barrister, having graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with a B.A. (Mod) degree in Legal Science and was subsequently awarded a Master of Arts degree by Trinity College. Cliff joined the firm in 1978, became a Partner in 1987 and a Director in 2010 when the organisation converted to limited company status. He was appointed managing director in 2015 and stood down in 2018.
Within the IP Profession, Cliff is a past-President of The Irish Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (APTMA) and up to recently was Member of APTMA’s Executive Committee and also the Chairperson of the Trade Marks Laws and Practice Committee of that organisation.
In the 2014 edition of WTR (World Trademark Review 1000), it was stated that “Irish Attorneys have a great deal of respect for the trusted and highly intelligent Cliff Kennedy”.
In his private life, Cliff is interested in most sports, particularly football (being a life long Sheffield Wednesday and Ireland supporter) and cricket while he will read just about anything on World War Two.